Help for Sleep at

Chew Valley Hypnotherapy &
Life Coaching

Assisting You to a Brighter Future
in and around Bristol, Bath and Somerset

Do you have trouble getting to sleep, wake often during the night, sleep walk or have trouble waking in the morning?

Having a disrupted sleep pattern can have a negative impact on oneís whole life. It can increase our levels of anxiety and make us jittery or buzzing all day. We can feel tired and lack energy for our work and leisure tasks, causing us to become worried about our performance. Disrupted sleep can eventually cause physical illness and even mental breakdown.

What causes disruption to our sleep patterns?

The triggers which set off disturbance to our sleep patterns are enormously varied, but what is happening in our brains is more consistent.

Fundamentally sleep serves two main purposes. The part of sleep known as recuperative sleep is designed to enable our physical systems to relax and restore a natural equilibrium. This part of sleep allows our muscles to relax, our body chemistry to relax and our digestion to settle, to name just a few benefits.

In a cycle with this sleep, we also have a phase called Rapid Eye Movement sleep or REM for short. REM sleep is a much more active process. It involves the processing of our dayís emotional ups and downs and is a very important part of maintaining psychological stability and health.

When we become very worried, stressed, angry or depressed our REM sleep is interfered with. Our worries prevent us from getting off to sleep, because we are circling round and round the same thoughts. This is what we call insomnia.

Once we get to sleep we will try to process our upset using our REM sleep but if we have more than we can cope with in the time we have, our minds will wake us up. We know this is happening because we will wake feeling anxious or upset. If we wake to go to the loo we just wake enough to stagger out, but are not usually distressed.

Sometimes we are so stressed and agitated that we even become confused between sleep and waking states and this is when sleep walking can occur. Be reassured that people seldom injure themselves when sleep walking.

If we are also depressed we may find that we ëstealí extra REM sleep. We know this is happening because we have enormous difficulty waking, and feel very sluggish at the beginning of the day.

Of course all sleep disturbance will cause us to feel tired and lacking in energy during the day.

How can hypnotherapy help with sleep issues?

Sleep disturbance is always one of the fastest areas to improve with hypnosis. Because trance replicates REM sleep you are getting an extra free period of time to process anxieties and this to reduce and control them. If you want to know more about trance read the section called What is trance?

Most sleep disturbances arise as a result of excess stress or anxiety and hypnotherapy is particularly effective at tackling the symptoms and the root causes of stress.

See the stress and anxiety page for more information about stress.

By helping to restore your sleep patterns to normal and addressing issues of stress, you will be able to begin to regain your energy levels and take up the reigns of your own life once more.

Hypnotherapy will also give you the space to consider what you want in your life and will help you to discover your path to a better quality of life.

In 2001, the Professional Affairs Board of the British Psychological Society (BPS) commissioned a working party of expert psychologists to publish a report entitled The Nature of Hypnosis. "Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium."

With regard to the therapeutic uses of hypnosis, the report said:

"Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy."

  • "Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures."
  • "Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia in the same way as other relaxation methods."


Chew Valley Hypnotherapy offers a full package of support for sleep issues

I am a fully qualified hypnotherapist, with positive experience of helping people to resume normal sleep patterns. You can be confident that I will be using my skills to help you to relax and regain energy and enthusiasm.

I am trained in solution-focused hypnotherapy which means that I will be helping you to look for positive change in your life. This will result in you regaining control of your life and actually enjoying the experience of change.

Even after the initial interview you will begin to feel your level of stress and anxiety reducing and will start to see improvements in your life.

Chew Valley Hypnotherapy is based in Stanton Drew and is easily accessible from anywhere in the Chew Valley, Bristol or Bath, with safe off-road parking.
I also practice from Whitchurch Health Centre, Bristol
Fulcrum House, North Bristol
And the Daisy Healing Centre, Glastonbury

Ring or e-mail now to discuss how I can help you personally.
Or book a half-price initial consultation.

Chew Valley Hypnotherapy

Assisting You to a Brighter Future